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Keller: Best day of tennis in five years for Wellington boys

Sumner Newscow report — Wellington head tennis coach Allen Keller said Crusaders’ performance at the Winfield Invitational Wednesday was the best day in five years for the boys program.  

Wellington finished third as a team with 39 points. Independence won with 51 and Derby had 44. Wellington bested Campus with 35, Winfield 35, Pittsburg 29, Maize South 28, and Newton 13.

Brock Edwards

In the championship semifinals, No. 1 singles player Brock Edward had Independence’ Luke Bass of Independence — one of the best players in the state — on the ropes. In the end, Edwards came up a little short losing a very close tie-breaking match 8-7 (7-4).

Keller said:  

“Luke was seeded No. 1 out of 16 players, and Brock was No. 4,” Keller said. “He stood toe-to-toe slugging it out and Brock never flinched. Luke just hit some spectacular shots at the right time which made the difference. I’m very, very proud of Brock’s effort. Even though he lost, he gained the favor of many coaches who watched and they now know… “

Wichita State disc golf team, with 2 Wellington boys, finish 20th in nationals

The 2017 Wichita State University golf team.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Two Wellington High School graduates was part of a four-man team that traveled to North Augusta, South Carolina to participate in the 2017 National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships.

Spencer Neises and Skyler Struble, both of Wellington, were 50 percent of the Shocker team that placed 20th out of 43 teams in top collegiate disc tournament in the nation. The Shockers just missed the finals designated for the top 16 team finishers.

“Someone told us if we submitted this same score last year we would have placed,” Struble said. “The competition is just that much tougher than the previous year.”

This is Skyler Struble in the Woods Park Open last June.

Struble was WSU’s top disc golfer in the tournament scoring a cumulative 117 for 61st place individually. Micah Fouquet of WSU shot a 118 for 69th place. Neises would score a 121 for 95th place and Ben Nispel, the WSU team captain, finished 110th with a 123 score.

Brooke McCorkle named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Brooke McCorkle, a Wellington sophomore for the girls softball team, has been named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.

Brooke McCorkle

McCorkle capped a very busy week on Monday by pitching a seven-inning shutout, by striking out 14 batters and allowing four hits in a 9-0 victory over Buhler. In that game she had 90 pitches with 66 of them being strikes for a .733 percent strike rate. She also had 22 of 27 first strike pitches. She also recorded a victory over Mulvane on Thursday by striking four and allowing 11 hits. On Wednesday, she pitched 8.2 innings, throwing a six-hitter and striking out 10.

On the batting side, McCorkle had 12 hits in six games, including a triple and two doubles. She has a .690 on base percentage.

For her efforts, McCorkle receives a delicious free large delicious pizza at Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington. 

Wellington girls break 3-game losing streak with 3-game winning streak

Wellington’s Madi Lewellen pitching in game one vs. Mulvane. Jacelyn Buck is shown above. 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls are 7-5 for the season after sweeping Buhler Monday 20-6 and 9-0. On Thursday at home, Wellington lost to Mulvane 6-5 before coming back in the nightcap and winning 4-3.

Interesting statistic: Wellington has lost four of its five games by one run. The Lady Dukes could be 11-1 with a few more breaks. Subsequently, it has won two one-run games and could be 5-7.

Wellington had little trouble with Buhler on the road. In game one, Avery Rusk was 4 of 5 at the plate including a home run. Wellington opened with an 8-3 first inning lead and after rather two quiet innings, the Crusaders scored four runs in the fourth and six runs in the fifth.

The Lady Dukes would bang out 21 hits in this five-run rule game. Jacelyn Buck had two triples and Madi Lewellen had a double. In three of the five innings, Wellington would go through its whole batting rotation.

Lewellen was the starting pitcher allowing nine hits and two walks while striking out eight.

In game two, Wellington continued its dominance with Rusk ripping off four hits. Jacelyn Buck smacked a home run. Rusk, McKenna Jones and Brooke McCorkle all had triples.

Wellington baseball team falls to 5-8 with Buhler sweep, Mulvane split

Wellington’s Cade Phelps gets hugged by teammates after hitting a 2RBI walk off double in a game with Mulvane last week.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys baseball team finds itself in need of breaking a three-game losing streak after getting swept in Buhler Monday. On Thursday, Wellington split with Mulvane, winning the first game 7-6 before losing the second 11-1 at Sellers Park.

The Crusaders are 5-8 with one make-up and six games left on the schedule. The Crusaders return home to host Clearwater Thursday. The doubleheader opening pitch starts at 4 p.m. at Sellers Park.

Wellington ran into a buzz saw in Buhler, which is 9-1 for the season having lost only to Circle. Buhler would run-rule the Dukes 12-0 after five innings. The northern Crusaders scored three runs in the second, two runs in the third, and seven runs in the fourth. The southern Crusaders went through four pitchers with Therin Frame attributed with the loss allowing five hits.

Julian Jimenez was the lone Duke to get a hit in the first contest.

The second game was a little better but not much. Wellington was cursed with five errors. Connor Burnett had an especially good game at the plate with three RBIs on two doubles.

Wellington boys sweep; girls lose in heartbreakers in makeup games at Winfield

Wellington’s Therin Frame threw a one-hitter against Winfield. Here he is pitching against Augusta a week earlier.

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington boys baseball team swept Winfield 9-0 and 9-7 Wednesday night in a make-up game at the Broadway Sports Complex. The girls softball team were not as fortunate, losing both games late 5-4.

As of the time of this writing, the home double-headers this afternoon with Mulvane are still scheduled. The boys start at 4 p.m. while the girls play at 4:30 p.m.

The Crusader baseball team improved to .500 with its second series sweep of the season. In the first game, Therin Frame threw an outstanding game for Wellington holding Winfield to just one hit in seven innings pitched. 

Wellington-Winfield baseball/softball game rescheduled for Wednesday

Sumner Newscow report — Wellington at Winfield baseball/softball has been rescheduled for Wednesday at 3 p.m. Varsity games only. Varsity softball on field #4. Varsity baseball on Field #1. Southwestern softball has a game scheduled on Field #3.

Connor Vaughn named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There is nothing in the Big Cheese Athlete of the Week rules book that says the athlete has to be a high school student.

Therefore we are making 2012 Wellington High School graduate Connor Vaughn, Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.

Vaughn just ran the Boston Marathon (see story below). If you are running the Boston Marathon from Sumner County, then you are definitely the Big Cheese athlete of the Week. For his efforts, the next time he is in town, Vaughn is entitled to a FREE delicious large Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington Ave. 

Connor Vaughn of Wellington participates in 2017 Boston Marathon

Connor Vaughn completes the 2017 Boston Marathon in under three hours.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Connor Vaughn, a 2012 Wellington High School graduate, participated in this year’s Boston Marathon — considered one of the most prestigious long-distance races in the world.

Vaughn, the son of Tim and Elizabeth Vaughn, finished the 26.2 mile race in 2 hours, 59 minutes, 1 second Monday afternoon.

He finished the race in 1,324th place and 1,239th amongst males. Not bad considering there were 30,074 runners in the Patriot’s Day marathon – 16,376 of them being male.

He averaged 6:50 minute per mile Monday.

Running was not something Vaughn was known for in high school. He played football and tennis for the Crusaders.

High School baseball/softball games postponed for tonight; WHS, WMS sports schedule for week

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow  – There will be no baseball/softball games for Monday between Wellington and Winfield. There currently is no make-up date.

The following is the Wellington High School and WMS sports schedule for the rest of the week:

Monday, April 17, 2017
Time Event Location
4:00pm Baseball: Boys Varsity/JV Double Header


Winfield  @ Winfield – Broadway Recreation Complex
4:00pm Baseball: Boys Varsity/JV Double Header


Winfield  @ Winfield – Broadway Recreation Complex
4:30pm Softball: Girls Varsity/JV Double Header


Winfield  @ Winfield – Broadway Recreation Complex
4:30pm Softball: Girls Varsity/JV Double Header


Winfield  @ Winfield – Broadway Recreation Complex
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Time Event Location
1 p.m. Tennis: Boys Varsity Invitational Tournament
vs. Augusta, Circle, El Dorado, Independence, Parsons, Wichita Classical, Wichita Collegiate  @ Circle High School
3 p.m. Golf: Boys JV Invitational
vs. Andover, Andover Central, Augusta, Buhler, Eisenhower HS, Goddard, Hesston, Maize, Maize South, Valley Center, Wichita Collegiate  @ Sierra Hills Golf Course
3 p.m. Track and Field: Varsity Invitational
Caldwell  at Caldwell

Wellington girls split in Andale; boys get swept

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington baseball and softball teams traveled to Andale and got both of their games in before the wet weather arrived.

The Wellington softball team split with Andale/Garden Plain, winning 4-2 and losing the second 10-9. The Crusader girls are 4-2 for the season.

The boys lost 12-7 and 8-1 over Andale/Garden Plain. The boys are now 2-5 for the season.

The statistics for both double-headers are as follows: 

Wellington baseball team splits with Augusta; plays Andale Thursday

Wellington’s Arlis Troutman gets to first barely in first game vs. Augusta typifying how close this contest was for 10 1/2 innings.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington baseball team was scheduled to play two 7-inning games Monday evening. The Crusaders played one game for 11 innings and one for five. Overall, it was close to 14 innings, just unconventionally.

Wellington would earn a split with visiting Augusta in what was supposed to be the team’s home opener. The Crusaders would lose 15-6 in 11 innings in game one. Wellington would exact revenge in the nightcap, winning 11-1 in a five-inning run rule.

The Crusaders are now 2-3 for the season.

The first game was a thriller in a strange game in which Augusta appeared to be on its way to a rather easy win leading 6-1 in the middle of the sixth. But then Wellington would score five runs to tie it 6-all. Then the two teams would go scoreless for four innings.

Morgan Hain walk off single secures split for Crusaders against Augusta in home opener

Morgan Hain would not hit her walk off single here, but she would 2 pitches later to help deliver a game 2 Crusader victory.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tabor College bound Morgan Hain stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and the Wellington girls softball team trailing Augusta 10-9 with one out.

She just needed to get the ball to the outfield.

The Wellington senior nearly hit a home run on a 2-2 pitch which just turned foul at the last second. But on the next pitch she would hit pay dirt and hit the ball through the left/center gap bringing home Avery Rusk and Jacelyn Buck for a 2RBI single.

Wellington’s 11-10 game two victory earned a split for the Crusaders in their home opening double-header. The Crusaders are 3-1 after a two-week layoff due to bad weather. They travel to Andale Thursday.

The Crusaders lost the first game 15-4 in a miserable six-inning run-rule game in which the Lady Dukes committed eight errors.

In game two, it was a different story. The Crusaders would knockout 16 hits to Augusta’s 10. Although the Lady Dukes had four errors, Augusta had three.

One sports-filled evening: baseball, softball, tennis, golf, Oxford baseball, WMS track, WMS golf…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Almost every spring time sports team in Sumner County seemed to be competitive Monday night. Here are the scores and details..

Varsity girls softball: Augusta 15 Wellington 4; Wellington 11 Augusta 10 (story will be soon). JV girls were swept by Augusta.

Varsity boys baseball: Augusta 15 Wellington 6; Wellington 11 Augusta 1 (story will be soon). JV boys: Augusta 10 Wellington 7, Augusta 7 Wellington 6.

Varsity golf: Wellington traveled to the Andover Central Invitational and placed fifth with a 341. 

Oxford’s Dalton Silhan, Grant Smith are named Big Cheese Athlete(s) of the Week

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – Dalton Silhan, a junior; and Grant Smith, a senior, for the Oxford High School baseball team have been named co-Big Cheese Athletes of the Week.

The undefeated Oxford High School baseball team has been on fire. On Monday, the Wildcats defeated Flinthills 17-0 and 11-0 in a doubleheader which was a lot closer than on Friday when it defeated Udall 22-0 and 30-0. In that game, Silhan and Smith helped Oxford tie two state baseball records:

1) 21 runs in the third inning tying the most runs in one inning record;

2) 10 doubles in a game, also tying the state record.

Weekly Wellington High School sports calendar: April 10-15, 2017

The following is the sports calendar for Wellington High School and Wellington Middle School.
WMS schedule is below.


Wellington High School

Monday, April 10, 2017

3 p.m. Golf: Boys Varsity Invitational
vs. Andale, Andover, Andover Central, Augusta, Buhler, Eisenhower HS, Goddard, Hesston, Maize, Valley Center, Wichita Collegiate  @Terradyne Country Club
3 p.m. Golf: Boys JV Invitational
vs. Andover, Andover Central, Augusta, Eisenhower HS, Goddard, Hesston, Maize, Mulvane, Rose Hill, Valley Center, Wichita Independent  @ Andover Municipal Golf Course
3 p.m. Tennis: Boys Varsity Invitational
vs. Andover Central, Derby, Kapaun Mt. Carmel, Maize, Wichita Collegiate  @ Wichita Collegiate School

3 p.m. Track and Field: JV Invitational
vs. Andale, Clearwater, Conway Springs, Eisenhower HS, Garden Plain, Goddard, Kingman, Maize South, Rose Hill, Valley Center, Wichita-South, Wichita-West  @ Valley Center – District Athletic Stadium
4 p.m. Baseball: Boys Varsity/JV Double Header
vs. Augusta  @ Wellington – Hibbs Hooten Field

Varsity Baseball at Wellington JV Baseball at Augusta

4:30 p.m. Baseball: Boys Varsity/JV Double Header
Augusta  @ Rodney Wheeler Stadium (Augusta)
4:30 p.m. Softball: Girls Varsity/JV Double Header
vs. Augusta  @ Wellington – Worden Park

Wellington tennis singles players had a great day at Maize South Invite

Sumner Newscow report — Wellington tennis players played in Maize South Friday. 

“It was a great day for singles players,” said Allen Keller, Wellington head tennis coach.

Brock Edwards had two big wins and a third place medal, while Will Long had two big wins and a second place medal.

It was tough day for doubles.  In No. 1 doubles, Jaden Adams/Carson LeGrand at No. 1 finished sixth with a 1-3 record and Reece Langford and Avery Rademacher at No. 2 finished eighth with an 0-4 record. 

Wellington finally make it back onto the field, get swept by Collegiate

By Sumner Newscow report — After being delayed earlier this week due to weather, the Wellington and Collegiate varsity baseball teams played a makeup game – playing at Hibbs-Hooten field instead of being in Wichita as originally scheduled.

Collegiate would beat Wellington 5-1 and 9-1. The Crusaders fall to 1-2. That one win against El Dorado was 19 days before. It’s been that kind of season so far.

The Crusaders held a 1-0 lead after three innings when Adam Hilt brought Derek Driskell home. Wellington held that lead until the top of the fifth when the Collegiate scored three runs with a E. John triple to give the Spartans a 3-1 lead. Wellington would never recover. Collegiate scored two insurance runs in the top of the seventh.

Sports today: Wellington tennis team finally get back on court, Oxford’s record setting day, and more

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are results of the Wellington High School tennis team at Andover, the WMS golf team at Augusta, the WMS track team at Winfield, the Oxford baseball team setting records in baseball and South Haven battling Udall girls in softball:

Wellington boys tennis: 

Wellington head tennis coach Allen Keller said it was a pretty good showing as the tennis team performed in only its second tournament of the season after several rainouts.

The only Wellington medalist was senior Will Long. 

“Will played in a hard fought final and I’m very proud of his effort,” Keller said. “He had determination and attitude that he was ‘going to win or die trying.’ If everyone on the team brought his laser focus and fighting spirit, we would win many more matches.”

Wellington golf team finishes second; Ty Wilson places 5th individually in home invite

Ty Wilson, teeing off on Hole #6, finished fifth in Wellington invite with 77 score. Above, Skyler Crittenden, is putting on Hole #5 on his way to 12th place finish.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington golf team hosted its annual tournament at the Golf Club Thursday afternoon. During a beautiful springlike day, Wellington finished tied for second as a team with a 342 cumulative score. The top four of the six varsity players on each team scores are cumulative tallied.

Andover annihilated the competition with a 300 team score. The Indian golfers had five of its six golfers in the top eight. Zach Sokolosky was the top golfer, finishing with a 71 — one stroke over par. Wellington’s Ty Wilson finished fifth. The junior shots 39 on the front nine and 38 on the back for a 77 score.

Skyler Crittenden placed 12th with an 83. He had 38 on the front nine and 45 on the back. True Dejarnett tied for 17th with a 37 on the front and a 50 on the back for an 87.

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